Friday TV Ratings 8/25/23: NFL Preseason Trails Soaring WWE SmackDown, Moonshine Steady for Finale (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.78, +0.23) vaulted itself to an insanely-high level for Friday-night standards. The wrestling competition series even blocked CBS's broadcast of the 'Lions v. Panthers' NFL Preseason game (0.67) from taking the #1 spot in the Adults 18-49 demographic, though it was closer race than usual for that top spot. Outside of those two juggernauts, nothing else made more than a whimper. NBC had some modest 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.19) and 'Dateline' (0.20) encores. ABC was slightly lower with reruns of 'Will Trent' (0.17) and '20/20' (0.16). On the CW, 'Moonshine' (0.03, 0.00) held steady for its season finale. 'Family Law' (0.02, -0.04), however, completely plummeted. 

Finals Update: 'WWE SmackDown' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.78102.65Fox

NFL Preseason: Lions v. Panthers0.6793.44CBS

American Ninja Warrior (R)0.1921.51NBC

Will Trent (R)0.1721.97ABC

Family Law0.0200.36The CW
9 PMDateline NBC (R)0.2031.87NBC

20/20 (R)0.1621.79ABC

Moonshine (F)0.0300.22The CW
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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